• 14Jul

    Wow, 40… That was fast. Here are some reflections.

    Things I did right:

    1. Lisa Wojcik – Very different than me, I would suggest incompatible in many ways, my wife and friend, I love you. 16 years and counting (18 if you believe my 2012 campaign flyer…)
    2. Anastasia & Natalia – Anastasia is my driven young leader, passionate about everything. Natalia is already one of the kindest people I have ever met.
    3. Jaida – My Paws & Claws Mutt is now 14 ½. Still a wonderful friend. Still cannot be trusted, especially around food.
    4. Community Service – The pay, working conditions, and hours all suck. So glad I am doing it. I work 50 hours a week to attack problems that often don’t affect me or my family. I am seeing a city change in a way that is more inclusive and equitable. Big challenges like housing, transit, safe streets, and sustainability. Every day is hard, every year is easy.
    5. Starting my own business – It took a while, but 9 years in I have a successful business, meaningful work, and a boss that I love.
      Wonderful friends – So many of you have helped me in my daily life and in my public life. I would never have won an election or stayed in Rochester without so many of you. What surprises many people is how many friends I have both left-of-center and right-of-center. I learned I can get along with almost anyone who will but the needs of the community first.
    6. Volunteering in the schools – Just taking 1 day per week and going into the schools better connects me with my kids and the needs of youth in the community. When a Kindergartener told me that she was having a hard time learning because she didn’t have any food in her tummy, it reinforced what I am doing in the community.
    7. Hosting an exchange student – A fantastic opportunity to personally learn about a culture, but also have my girls learn. We loved hosting you for a year, Josefina, and hope to see you soon.

    Things I did wrong:

    1. Too much time in jobs I didn’t like. 7 years in technology hoping for the job to get better. It never did. I did myself a disservice, and those I was working with.
    2. Chose a home not a neighborhood – Dual Income / No kids – we built a fabulous home, but without thinking about the neighborhood. My values would now have me choose a neighborhood first, and then a home. We are fortunate to be where we are, but neighborhoods have diverse peoples, businesses, and special places.
    3. Not enough time for friends – This is hard. Some weeks I work 80+ hours between my business and city work (along with some occasional teaching gigs). Too often I lose touch with some of the finest people I have known. Then too quickly they move, become distant, or pass away. I wish I could be a better friend.
    4. Glacier National Park – That’s right. Don’t get me wrong Glacier is amazing, but I am an addict. Because I have always been so in love with Glacier I missed opportunities to go new places. Visit all the National Parks but save Glacier for last…

    Some goals for my 40s:

    1. Live a life that is interesting.
    2. Frequent trips with the entire family or friends or wife or kids or solo.
    3. Run for a different office. Which one? I dunno, but local since that is the highest level of government.
    4. Earn a PhD. In what? I dunno, but there will be lots of numbers.
    5. Visit more interesting places. Visit the 3 states I have not yet visited. Set foot in 25 or so new countries. Do more hiking, biking, and exploring. Go to places like Katmandu, Timbuktu, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Torres del Paine, Milford Sound, and on.
    6. Safe connections for children in my community – I have never forgotten the young girl who died because our community didn’t provide safe connections. I will continue to change this.
    7. Develop Social Skills? Nah…

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  • 21Sep

    This is why we can’t allow racist or racially charged comments to go unchallenged.   I should have addressed it head on during the meeting and not afterward.  The note is being shared with permission of the sender.  It has been made anonymous to protect her employment status.

    Hello Mr. Wojcik,

    I don’t know if you remember me – I work at [removed] and I’ve met you a couple times at [removed]. I read an article regarding the Monday’s city council meeting in Post Bulletin today, and thought I would send you a note.

    Thank you so much for standing up for racism. I am born and raised in Japan. Whenever I see people using the word “Japs”, no matter what the contexts are, it leaves me an unsettling feeling. I don’t think Mr. Young felt anything when he used that word. He was not aware of anything at all , probably he wasn’t even being racist. However, I always feel that there is still a long way to go to wipe out the racism when people use racially offensive words unconsciously. I’m very glad that you raised your voice right away. This coming from you means a lot to many people including me, and that made people think and discuss about it – which is really important to fight against the racism.

    It’s so interesting to see that people become so defensive in this country when any veterans are blamed. (I don’t think Post Bulletin wrote anything if Mr. Young was just a normal civilian.) I think Post Bulletin’s opinion column and many people in Rochester overreacted a bit much. Using social media during the meeting might have not been an appropriate behavior as a city official, but I still do appreciate you voicing your opinion publicly against racism.

    Thank you,

    [removed]

    I respect those that served.  I will not tolerate racist comments.  There is nothing that serves as a free pass to make these types of comments at a public meeting.  As I said in my apology, I should have handled my response better.  I apologize again.

     

     

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  • 06Sep

    This was recently pointed out by a friend and subscriber.  The reason is I have been busy pandering to my newest special interest.  This is our new daughter, Natalia Soledad.  I plan to use this same excuse for not getting things done timely for the next 18 years.  Mom and big sister are doing fine.

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  • 07Jun

    I received this invitation today, but unfortunately my commitments to the local community will prevent me from going.  Still, a nice gesture.  For the most part my interest in government starts and ends at the more local levels.

    Your name has been submitted and accepted by The White House to attend the special briefing with Obama Administration Officials, followed by a reception hosted by President Barack Obama. Read more…

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  • 18May

    Latest update with special guest!

    This update includes discussion on:

    • Villa / Chateau Road Safety
    • Future Fire Station Location Purchase
    • Minnesota Energy Site

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